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desiel trucks vs. gas trucks

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by sirsweatsalot, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot Banned
    from MN
    Messages: 25

    just wondering who is useing type of truck and the reasons behind it. advantages and disadvantages.
  2. Manx

    Manx Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    It was cheaper by 4,700
    that way I could afford the truck
    And it's quiet also
    I buy the diesel if I had to tow any thing big, but I don't
    2002 F250 super cab w/5.4, auto & 4:10 ls
    with a western 8' poly pro
  3. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    2 Powerstrokes here, I went diesel for the torque for towing and hauling, plus durability. An added benefit is fuel economy, although it doesn't justify the added expense by itself.
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    '90 Dodge 1/2 ton - gas - it's what I had
    '96 Chevy 3500 - diesel - bought specifically for sanding. Wanted a diesel for the power to haul a loaded 2 yd Vbox.

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I want a diesel but got a gas. It was more affordable and I don't annoy my neighbors when I leave for work at 5am.
  6. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    I go with big block gas for plowing. My Dodge V10 has the torque of the Diesel, and makes it at 2200RPM, and more HP and is the smoothest running engine I've owned, it gives reasonable MPG. only a couple less then my buddies Cummings. It takes a LOT of miles to make up the difference in initial cost for the diesel. And the V10 is lighter then the Cummings.

  7. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    02' f-250, 02' f-350, and 93' GMC 2500... All Gas... Could not justify the deisel for plowing alone. All 3 have been great trucks.
    Just my opinion
  8. gslam88

    gslam88 Senior Member
    Messages: 168

    have a 98 K2500 6.5L TD

    Went to the diesel for hauling, plowing and mileage is better, but I went with a used truck to save the money. As far as waking my neighbors, if I have to be up, then its ok for them

    :waving: :waving: :waving:
  9. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    Our trucks that plow only are gas. The ones that pull heavy loads are diesel.
  10. EIB

    EIB Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    F350 7.3L Powerstroke 525 Ft lbs of torque at 1600 RPM. Great pulling and pushing power. 8 1/2 ft MVP Plow. Main reasons, better mileage, durability. The best reason nothing sounds as good as a diesel. :D Even my lawnmower is a 3 cylinder diesel.

    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751

    We currently run three trucks all Ford f-350 diesels, one IDI, two powerstrokes and would recomend diesel to anybody, but for some it is just a luxury not a neccessity.

    BTW search this topic as it has been done every season (sometimes more than once).

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I like the points brought up. I have a 5.8L in my F150. I always liked the 300 6 cyl. I had a 5.0L once. I found the 5.8L is a little more econmical than the 5.0 and worth the extra fuel for the power the 6 cyl lacked to tow and push snow. I like the idea of the deisels torque but like the point of luxury over necessity I gues the 5.8L suits my needs.
  13. Two diesels, (Powerstrokes)
    They're big, they're loud, and they stink, (fumes)
    Just as a truck should be, Don't you love them....
  14. Dockboy

    Dockboy Guest
    Messages: 0

    Sorry Bill but, I DON"T THINK SO!;)

    Mine dynoed last at 427 RWHP and 796 ft/lbs. Torque on diesel only. It tows 10k lbs. almost daily, plows, hauls, oh and does 14's in the 1/4 mi.

    Just some good natured ribbing:D :drinkup:

    Diesel, it's not just a fuel, it's an attitude!

  15. NPC2002

    NPC2002 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Last year I bought a 01 5.4 F-250 what a gasser, I traded it in for a 02 F-350 Desiel and boy am I happy with it. The power is there and the fuel economy is great for a truck that size. Yes it is a $4,840 option but in the long run with the fuel saving and expecially the resale value you will be ahead. If you are allready going to spend $30,000 on a truck what is anther $4,840 get it if you can and dont make the mistake like I did by buying a gasser. I know you guys that have a Powerstroke(or any Desiel) will never got back to a gasser. I know I wont!!!!
  16. fordman

    fordman Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    I agree, once you get a diesel you never go back to a gasser. I know I won't.
  17. landscaper3

    landscaper3 Senior Member
    Messages: 309

    We have 3 Powerstrokes F350's, pickup 4wd in city 21mpg, 2 dumps same 17mpg, 1 Chevy gas 3500 4wd pickup 8mpg and Dodge 5.9 gas 4wd 3500 12mpg all do vary a little but if you put 25k plus a year on each truck the diesel saves us ALOT! of $$$$$$$$$$$$$. If its a brand new truck and you dont put over 25k a year on and dont live in an area with big hill and mountians stay with the gasser and save your $4300 or more but that 4k will come in handy if you really run it.
  18. sirsweatsalot

    sirsweatsalot Banned
    from MN
    Messages: 25

    not a fan of the V-10. my buddy has one he's trying to sell it..still!
    but i think im leaning to the desiel. i would be haulling in the summer 500galons of lawn fert and in the winter most likey pushin with it.
  19. NPC2002

    NPC2002 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    IF you are haulin 500 gals around go with Desiel
  20. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265


    97 Cummins Turbo Diesel,345000 K\11500 Hrs with no repairs or breakdowns.Avg 24-26 MPG unloaded and 12-16 towing 12000 Lbs,tons of power (350 HP,750 TQ) with minor cheap mods.Diesel was a no brainer for me.Resale is also a big factor too.Around here my truck used is 5-8000.00 more than a similar gas model.